Weapons threat prompts lockdown at Saint John school

Police say a weapons threat led to a lockdown at a Saint John school on Thursday.

Sgt. Charles Breen of the Saint John Police Force says officers were called to École Samuel-de-Champlain shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

"Officers were advised that a male student who was currently in the school had received a threat from a male who stated that he was going to attend the school with a weapon to try and harm the student," Breen said in a news release Friday morning.

Breen said the school was placed under a lockdown and responding officers set up a security perimeter around the school.

At 2:30 p.m., Breen said elementary students were allowed to exit the school to awaiting school buses and parents.

He said the threat was downgraded around 3:15 p.m. and officers remained on scene until the end of the school day.

"This matter is currently under investigation by the Saint John Police Major Crime Unit," said Breen.